RI House delays vote on social media privacy bill

RI House delays vote on barring employers or schools from seeking access to social media sites

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island lawmakers have put off a vote on legislation that would stop employers or higher education officials from demanding access to a person's Facebook or Twitter accounts.

The House was scheduled to vote Wednesday but decided to wait to allow for more work on the legislation.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy says he wants to prevent employers or school coaches from requiring access to a person's social media accounts as a condition of their employment or enrollment.

The bill would prohibit employers and college officials from requiring that an employee or student add them as a social media contact. It would also stop them from demanding a student or employee's login information.

California already has a similar law.

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